The History of Battersea in London

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Battersea History

Historic Battersea

Battersea through History
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In 1772 the access to Battersea was greatly improved when a bridge was built over the Thames, the Albert Bridge as it is known, is considered one of the prettiest bridges in London.  Up until the 1800’s Battersea was essentially a market garden location, the village was very much centred on Battersea Square, the population of Battersea increased greatly with the addition of railway from 1841 to 1901. During the first part of the 20th C Battersea Power Station was completed, namely by 1939, this building is now an iconic part of London’s architectural buildings. Once known for its troubled population and poor housing, in the later 1900’s there was a marked change in the area and it now very desirable.

History of Battersea

Over the previous two decades the majority of the Industrial waterfront of Battersea has disappeared, before the Industrial Revolution Battersea was however mainly made up of farmland, originally a part of Surrey, Battersea very much centred around where the 18th C St Mary’s Church was built. Before industry arrived in the area, it was known for the Lavender grown on Lavender Hill and the pig breeding on Pig Hill.

Battersea saw the arrival of the railway in the 1830’s, with the opening of Clapham Junction, which is actually located in Battersea despite its name; today it is the country’s busiest train station with extensive links to and from the city.

Modern Day Battersea

Today Battersea is a charming community with a plentiful of open green spaces around the borders and a welcoming community. Transformation has taken place around the Nine Elms area, the US Embassy is currently being built here and the iconic Battersea Power Station is being refitted, as such it is set to become a highly desirable area of Battersea.  It will also see the addition of a new tube station, restaurants and bars and up to 3,400 new homes.